It is now illegal in the City of West Hollywood to use wild and exotic animals in performances at venues such as circuses, carnivals and parades. On Monday night, West Hollywood’s City Council passed the ban by unanimous vote.
No longer will animals such as elephants, lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and reptiles be able to perform before an audience. The exception is wild and exotic animals may still be displayed for educational purposes, or to groups of twenty or less, “because the size of the audience limits the potential risk or danger to the public.”
People representing both sides spoke before the council. Sometimes the arguments grew heated, with the two sides shouting and accusing each other of spewing propaganda.
Under the new law, the City looks to “protect the public against hazards associated with commercial display or performance of wild and exotic animals and to protect wild and exotic animals from cruel and inhumane treatment.”
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